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12 1 2014 300

Published January 31, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, here’s my ‘tag’ for Tim’s January tag. I made it weeks ago, but knew my 300th blog post was coming up so I held it over until now. Tim started the new year in spectacular style with his tag & I wanted mine to be the same, except that I decided to use a canvas board as the base.

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I painted the board with Sage & Irish Cream fresco paints, then added Brushed Corduroy distress stain.

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The board is wider that a tag so I used a second stencil to fill in gaps.

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I had been to The Artistic Stamper earlier in the month & the TH pocket watch die was on sale, so I had to have it. I don’t have any of the TH movers & shapers dies, but this Spellbinders die was a perfect fit.

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And here’s the finished board. I added some stamping with a PaprArtsy mini script stamp. The quote on the journal ticket is from ‘A Tale for the Time Bring’ by Ruth Ozeki – a book I highly recommend.

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In other news, I apparently have the ‘flu. Yesterday I thought it was just a cold, but I was so ill today (reminded me of how I felt after chemotherapy sessions) that I rang my GP’s advice line & was told that yes, it sounds very much like the ‘flu. Great. I hope it clears up quickly.

Thanks for looking & to Tim for the inspiration. See you next time.

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Online Stencilled Class Day Two

Published January 29, 2014 by isisimaginings

Happy Wednesday crafters! Day Two of Stencilled was all about Template Techniques. On my first card I used the Jo Firth-Young designed freebie stamp from one of last year’s issues of Craft Stamper magazine, splatter stencils from the Crafter’s Workshop & The Artistic Stamper, distress inks – Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade & Scattered Straw – and Plum Archival ink.

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The second technique was watercolour painting. Crafters’ Workshop stencil again & a Sugar Nellie image.

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Colouring pencils on this card, which also marks the first time I’ve ever used a border punch.

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Making one part of a stencil the focal point. I used a gold pen & I already had the die cut frame on my desk. I added Patina stickles to it.

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Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Online Stencilled Class Day 1

Published January 28, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a good Tuesday, thanks for the kind comments on my blog posts last night. Much to my delight, my friend Sarita in California gifted me a place on Stencilled, the new class from OnlineCardClasses.com for Christmas. Class finally began last Friday & we’ve had four days of fantastic video tutorials. I’m two days behind, but I’ll be making more cards over the next few days & at the weekend too, no doubt. Here are my cards from Day One; Inking & Misting.

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Dylusions

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I had a lovely time making the first six cards but when I came to the final lesson from Day One I got stuck.  The lesson was all about layering stencils & my first effort is so atrocious that I am NOT exposing it to public ridicule. My second attempt is MUCH better. Well, I think it is.

I started with layering the Crafters’ Workshop reverse honeycomb stencil over the Blazonry stencil & applied Shaded Lilac DI. I got a very uneven result, which I wanted. I removed the honeycomb stencil & applied Weathered Wood DI through the Blazonry stencil. Then I sat & pondered until I thought of this flower stencil by Wendy Vecchi. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the clouds parted & the angels sang (well, maybe a little….) as it all suddenly became clear & I knew what I was going to do…….

I coloured the flower with Wendy’s Cornflower Blue & Fern Green Archival inks, applied Scattered Straw DI through the CWS Tile Texture stencil & used the cap of my spritzer bottle with Fired Brick DI to make the circles. I added the greeting (Inkadinkado, I think) & voila, finished! I like this card A LOT & I thoroughly enjoyed the first day of class.

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Thanks for looking, I’ll be back tomorrow night with my cards for Day Two.

Neil Walker Class at The Craft Barn

Published January 27, 2014 by isisimaginings

Here I am again. Yesterday I went to The Craft Barn with my friend Lisa(who was a great help when I was trying to place all the items on my canvas. Thanks Lisa!) , to attend Neil Walker’s altered canvas class & I had a wonderful time, getting covered in gesso, texture paste & Dylusions inks. Here is my canvas just after I’d covered it with gesso.

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When we came back after lunch the gesso was mostly dry, so I sprayed the first layer of Dylusions, I used mostly Calypso Teal & Dirty Martini, with a little bit of Fresh Lime. The next step was Dreamweaver’s Pearlescent texture paste through stencils. This was gorgeous. As it dried it absorbed some of the Dylusions colours & the photos do not do justice to the beautiful sheen.

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More inks were sprayed, this time with the addition of Melted Chocolate & Black Marble. I did some second- and third- generation stamping with JoFY stamps & finished with silver Treasure Gold.

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I’m sorry for the terrible photos, no matter how I tried this morning I couldn’t get good ones.

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I love all the different textures. I keep wanting to touch them, but I’m leaving the canvas alone for a few days so that it dries completely.

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Thank you so much to Neil for his patience & inspiration. He is always so helpful, constantly answering questions & making sure we’re all happy with what we’re doing. Thanks also to everyone at The Craft Barn,  I hope it won’t be too long before I attend another class there.

Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Art Club Journal Page

Published January 23, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening all, I thought I’d published this post last week! I was the Artistic Stamper’s club evening last Tuesday, where we all made a serendipity tag & had a great time. Jennie showed us all her gorgeous make & takes from CHA & samples of the new goodies that are heading our way.

Tim Holtz had given her one of his new Honeycomb dies & she very kindly gave me a die cut from it. (I think she was afraid that if she didn’t I’d kidnap the die itself!!) It is my absolute favourite from all of Tim’s new releases & I have to have it.

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I decided to make a journal page & chose these colours of fresco paints, which I applied with a brayer.

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First layers.

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More layers, followed by stamping & stencilling.

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These are the Artistic Stamper stamps I used.

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The finished page.

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Thanks for looking & THANK YOU Jennie for the die cuts!

See you next time.

Abstract Cards Inspired by Ellen Vargo

Published January 22, 2014 by isisimaginings

I’ve just finished these cards, so I thought I’d get them posted here before I go to bed. They’re based on Ellen’s second project on the PaperArtsy blog this week. I have to say that I am LOVING using my brayer to make backgrounds. Here’s what I started with.

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And here are the finished cards. It took a while for me to decide on using this Lynne Perella image, but I think it works. The quotes are Hero Arts stamps I think.

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The star is a Tim Holtz stamp & I used Little Black Dress fresco paint with the lid of my spritzer bottle to make the circles.

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I had a few scraps left so I made this card too, the star was stamped with Limelight fresco.

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That’s it. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for your kindness & encouragement this week, it means more than you know. See you next time.

Abstract Journal Page

Published January 20, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a great Monday. I didn’t expect to be back with a blog post tonight, but after seeing the first project from Ellen Vargo, the new GD on the PaperArtsy blog this week I had to have a play.

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I am thrilled that Ellen is on the PA blog this week. I found her blog some time ago via her ‘I Challenge Thee’ projects with Hels Sheridan & I fell in love with her art. I’m loving it even more now as she is developing a much more abstract style.

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Anyway, it was a great excuse to get my brayer & start spreading pit on a piece of kraft card. I basically followed Ellen’s tutorial. This is at the start with Cheesecake & Zesty Zing frescos.

And here’s final layer of paint with some stamping, before I added the grunge paste. Artificial light does not make for great photos, but I love that I can still see different layers of colour.

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I’m taking this quote by Kurt Vonnegut as a message from the universe today. After my post yesterday I got a severe case of “inadequateitis”, when I visited all the other projects for last week’s PA challenge. Previously I had liked my piece, but everyone else’s projects were so incredible that I felt mine was, for want of another word, rubbish.

I applied the paint on to the white tag with a brayer again, just using more Inky Pool.

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Here’s the finished page. I didn’t trust myself to add a painted border so I applied London  Bus fresco on the page with a bottle cap & a palette knife instead.

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Thank you to Ellen for the inspiration. Her second project tonight has already got me thinking about my next piece………..

Thanks for looking, see you soon.